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What Massachusetts computing teachers learned in summer 2014

      Through eight ECEP-sponsored professional development workshops in Massachusetts, teachers from across the state were given the opportunity to reinvigorate their teaching practices with new techniques and curricula. Some participating teachers were novices in the field of computer science, and were looking for guidance in introducing the subject. Others were focused on inspiring students who may have been turned off to computing in the past. With offerings involving video game programming, art making, and robotics competitions, teachers learned a variety of innovative approaches –and had a lot of fun in the process. See, for example, the App Inventor video created by …

      Join ECEP at the 2015 Tapia Conference

          ECEP will be represented through a panel and workshop during the 2015 Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. The conference runs February 18-21, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Please see their website for more details. Below, a preview of ECEP’s contributions to the event. (Schedule will be posted when available from the conference.)

          Seven teacher workshops in Massachusetts gain ECEP support

              The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is delighted to announce its support of a variety of professional development offerings for K-12 Massachusetts teachers this summer.

              ECEP surveyed Massachusetts computing teachers to understand their professional development needs, as well as the barriers that make participation difficult. In response, ECEP is supporting workshops across the state on a range of topics and in various formats, from seminars to full week hands-on workshops. ECEP also shared the survey results with professional development providers across the state to encourage the development of expanded and coordinated opportunities to help teachers prepare to teach computing. …

              How to Run a Summer Camp Workshop

                  The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) alliance is offering a free workshop October 12 and November 2 for college-level and high school educators/staff to learn how to start and run financially self-sustaining computing summer camps. These workshops will take place in Columbia, South Carolina and San Diego, California respectively. Applications for up to $4999.99 in "seed" funds to buy equipment will be available to residents who participate in the workshop.  

                  CS Education Accelerates with Hour of Code Events

                      ECEP Partner States contributed to many events celebrating computing education as part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, held December 9-15th. This year, the Hour of Code tutorials made participation accessible and engaging. In total, almost five million students from 168 countries took part in the Hour of Code. See http://csedweek.org/events for event listings. A rundown of national happenings by Mark Guzdial is featured on CACM's blog.

                      Educators form Western Massachusetts Group to Support Computer Science Teachers

                          Teachers of computer science and information technology in western Massachusetts will soon have their own local network for professional development and community. With the support of the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), based at UMass Amherst, about 30 computer science educators gathered in Holyoke at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 to form a new chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA).

                          ECEP Supports New Summer Computing Camps for Students

                              The Expanding Computing Education Pathways alliance (ECEP) is pleased to announce that it will award six institutions seed money grants to buy equipment to help the institutions start or expand summer computing camps for students. The grants will provide each recipient with approximately $5,000 for computing equipment. Awardees are based in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and California, and became eligible to apply for funds after attending the How to Run a Summer Camp workshops run by ECEP in the fall of 2013. Applications were reviewed based on criteria covering financial sustainability, outreach to under-represented groups in computing, and the use of …